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AI in UC - Too Much Information? - UC Today

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According to the most recent DOMO report, over 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created each day. That number is set to increase to about 1.7MB every second next year. The more advanced our technology becomes, the more data we collect. The world is choking on streams of invisible information. So, how do we deal with that?


Here come the robots to do our job?

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In the slew of stories and news on the transformation that technology is likely to make to our lives there has been a strong flavour of fear, or at least foreboding, about how robotics could cut a swathe through traditional jobs – mostly unskilled. More recently this has focused on the possible threat to established professions – could Artificial Intelligence (AI) mean that many professional, skilled jobs now be under threat? Indeed, a recent book by a father and son team (the Susskinds) called the "Future of the professions"- subtitled "how technology will transform the work of human experts" sets out two scenarios – one in which technology delivers a more efficient version of today, and the other more apocalyptic, which envisages capable systems replacing people in a number of traditional professions and their traditional'expertise'. Whether you view this as negative or not will depend on your sector, your perspective and to a certain extent your age. Interestingly the young are optimistic about technology despite being in the immediate firing line.


Top 10 Books on Artificial Intelligence You Cannot Afford to Miss Analytics Insight

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Artificial Intelligence is the need of the hour. This technology of today is neither an elementary school math nor a rocket science application. The understanding of AI not only allows business decision makers and enthusiasts to make advancements in technologies but also let them make processes better. Another term that is doing the rounds is artificial general intelligence (AGI) which encompasses human-level cognitive ability making automation think and work like a human mind. So how do you benefit from AI and the latest advancements that move around it?


Artificial Intelligence, 3D printing to revolutionise medicine, says GE Healthcare exec

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AI-powered machines and doctors will soon be working "hand-in-hand" to ensure better outcomes for patients, according to Elie Chaillot, the president and CEO of eastern growth markets at GE Healthcare. In a recent interview with Arabian Business, Chaillot said that GE Healthcare believes that "applied intelligence" will be used for a variety of purposes in the medical sector. "We believe at this stage, the doctor and the machine will work together, hand-in-hand for a better outcome," he said. "People say machines will replace doctors, but I don't believe this is going to happen anytime soon." As an example, Chaillot said that AI-technology can help direct a doctor's focus to certain areas of a scan that may need further attention.


Artificial intelligence is coming: Will politicians be ready? - Tech News The Star Online

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Lawmakers and regulators, still grappling with the downsides of the Internet and social media era, are now trying to balance the promises and perils of artificial intelligence.


Government, An Integral Partner For Exploring Artificial Intelligence

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On June 24, an upcoming conference will explore the implications of artificial intelligence (AI) in the public sectors. AI World Government will gather leaders across government, industry and academia to discuss the challenges and potential solutions of AI in automating our expanding digital world. The event is described as "a comprehensive three-day forum to educate and inform public sector agencies on the strategic and tactical benefits of deploying AI and cognitive technologies."


San Francisco Will Use AI To Thwart Racial Bias When Charging Suspects

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San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon, left, announces a new AI tool that will curb racial biases when deciding criminal charges, alongside Alex Chohlas-Wood, right, who helped develop the tool.ASSOCIATED PRESS San Francisco says it will start using an artificial intelligence tool to reduce possible racial bias among prosecutors reviewing police reports, a "first-in-the-nation" use of a technology whose applications have been criticized for compounding bias. On Wednesday, District Attorney George Gascón announced that the city on July 1 would begin to use a "bias mitigation tool" that automatically redacts anything on the police report that might be suggestive of race, from hair color to zip code. Information about the police officer, such as badge number, will also be hidden. Currently, the district attorney's office manually removes the first few pages of the report, but if any race details are in the narrative--the section where the police officer describes the crime--prosecutors can see them. "This technology will reduce the threat that implicit bias poses to the purity of decisions which have serious ramifications for the accused, and that will help make our system of justice more fair and just," Gascón said.


Sign Language Recognition In Pytorch

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Well, suppose on a normal day you are playing football in a nearby ground. So let's try to build a solution that changes our scenario from former to latter I can't do that yet. I am relatively new to AI. I can't build and code super complex projects yet, but I'm well on my way. I built a sign language recognizer, training it using the MNIST sign language database.


Multilingual translation tools spread in Japan with new visa system

The Japan Times

The use of multilingual translation tools is expanding in Japan, where foreign workers are expected to increase in the wake of April's launch of new visa categories. A growing number of local governments, labor unions and other entities have decided to introduce translation tools, which can help foreigners when going through administrative procedures as they allow local officials and other officers to talk to such applicants in their mother languages. "Talking in the applicants' own languages makes it easier to convey our cooperative stance," said an official in Tokyo's Sumida Ward. The ward introduced VoiceBiz, an audio translation app developed by Toppan Printing Co. that covers 30 languages. The app, which can be downloaded onto smartphones and tablet computers, will be used in eight municipalities, including Osaka and Ayase in Kanagawa Prefecture, company officials said.


How Silicon Valley's whiz-kids finally ran out of friends John Naughton

The Guardian

Remember the time when tech companies were cool? Once upon a time, Silicon Valley was the jewel in the American crown, a magnet for high IQ – and predominately male – talent from all over the world. Palo Alto was the centre of what its more delusional inhabitants regarded as the Florence of Renaissance 2.0. Parents swelled with pride when their offspring landed a job with the Googles, Facebooks and Apples of that world, where they stood a sporting chance of becoming as rich as they might have done if they had joined Goldman Sachs or Lehman Brothers, but without the moral odium attendant on investment backing. I mean to say, where else could you be employed by a company to which every president, prime minister and aspirant politician craved an invitation?